TURN OF SPEED: Kyogle Council workers put the finishing touches to a town program keen on welcoming thousands of Repco Rally visitors.
TURN OF SPEED: Kyogle Council workers put the finishing touches to a town program keen on welcoming thousands of Repco Rally visitors. Jay Cronan

Something big is cooking

KYOGLE businesses are going into overdrive to support Repco Rally visitors, overcoming initial fears that their trade could suffer from anti-rally backlash.

The Kyogle Bakery is opening 24 hours a day during the three-day event and service clubs have set up a range of tourist ventures.

The Lions Club is running parking bays, while the Rotary Club has a camp site for 200.

Kyogle Chamber of Commerce vice-president Joanne Moore said rally organisers predicted 5000 visitors could descend on the town and most shops were planning to 'catch the tourist dollar'.

But when the rally was first announced she said some traders were reluctant to support it because they thought anti-rally protesters would boycott their businesses.

“In the beginning there was talk on the street, but the majority of the town is now behind it and we are going to try our best,” she said.

Kyogle Bakery owner Max Kassebaum said he was opening his shop '24/7' during the three-day event, but did not know how many customers to expect.

“I don't how to prepare for this event, I'm only guessing how to prepare for it. The rally people have told me I could have anywhere from 600 to 1000 extra customers,” he said.

Mr Kassebaum is also coming up with some sweet creations to celebrate the rally, but refused to reveal details.

Kyogle's Commercial Hotel have booked bands for the event, and gone to a simple quick-serve menu during the day.

The Repco Rally begins on Friday, September 4.



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